Solar lights are part of solar lighting systems which use power from a PV system in an efficient way to illuminate a room. To reduce the overall cost of a solar lighting system, energy saving lamps of either the fluorescent or LED lamp type are used, since incandescent bulbs consume several times as much energy for a given quantity of light.
Our solar street lighting solutions are ideal for streets, parks and any uses that are outside of the home. Unlike our general use solar light solutions, our street lighting solutions consist of a single solar unit and light attached to a pole, making them easy to install and maintain and the perfect solution for solar lighting away from the home.
An LED lamp is a light-emitting diode (LED) product that is assembled into a lamp (or light bulb) for use in lighting fixtures. LED lights are super energy efficient, using approximately 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting – meaning significant savings on your power bills. LED lamps have a lifespan and electrical efficiency that is several times better than incandescent lamps, and significantly better than most fluorescent lamps, with some chips able to emit more than 100 lumens per watt. LED lights are projected to replace other forms of lights in most applications within the next decade – see the table below.
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Halogen globes will look similar to incandescents, but do not have a filament between the bars. In addition, regular-looking downlights that have not been changed to energy saving fittings are likely to be halogen.
Low-voltage halogen downlights are the most commonly used light globes in Australia. However, they are a type of incandescent globe, so although they require lower voltages, they are not energy saving. In fact, each low-voltage halogen globe generates a kilogram of greenhouse gas every 15 hours, which is about the same as a standard 60 watt incandescent globe. Low voltage halogen downlights are connected directly to transformers and cannot be retrofitted with CFLs, but they can be with LEDs, making LEDs an ideal replacement for halogen downlights. Most of the LED downlights and LED globes on our website are replacements for halogen downlights.
Halogen globes have typically replaced incandescent globes, for example in pendant lights, chandeliers and spotlights. Newer energy saving halogens – called eco-halogens – are now available and are about 30% more efficient than incandescent globes. All of the halogen globes you’ll find on our website are eco-halogens.
CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp)
CFLs are fluorescent tubes twisted into shape to fit a standard light fitting. CFLs are about 80% more efficient than incandescent globes.
Incandescent globes look like the traditional ‘Edison’-shaped light bulb, with a filament strung across two metal bars in the centre of the globe.
Due to government regulations, as of November 2009 you are no longer able to purchase standard incandescent globes. These globes were extremely inefficient because they only converted 5-10% of the energy they produced into light, while the remainder was converted to heat. The result was an extreme waste of electricity.